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The business houses of Dunwich have shown some real fortitude and banded together for an exciting Christmas Giveaway. Their move is certainly a positive for an island that is in ‘transition’; that is a transition from one economy to, hopefully, another. At the end of 2019, the sand mining by Sibelco will close down for good, finally ending an era when the operation was the financial ‘backbone’ of the island. The $31 million State Government process is meant to reposition lost workers into the tourism industry, and the success or otherwise of this direction, still remains to be seen. The good thing is that the business houses of Dunwich have taken a bold step to do something positive, that gives a lead to business right across the islands; i.e when the going gets tough, get stuck in and do it yourself. Let’s hope the island community gets right behind the incentive. They have the chance to win some great prizes just in time for Christmas. All they have to do is spend $20 at any of the participating businesses, and they can enter into the draw; multiple times for multiple purposes. Well done Dunwich!


The financial consultancy business, The A Firm, has downsized at Redland Bay. Principal Annette Bedford says the office was ‘too big’ for their Redland Bay needs and had taken up an offer from Raine and Horne at Redland Bay to use an office in their premises. Annette Bedford, is one of Australia’s top business women, having been named in the ‘Top 50’ by the Business Review Weekly. She is already providing considerable assistance to several island businesses. The A Firm has two offices at Redland Bay and at Nerang on the Gold Coast.


Remember we told the tale of Steve Marx a couple of months ago deciding to hang up his TV antennae shingle and head off sailing? Well, he’s back. It seems Steve got bored with the lifestyle sooner rather than later, which is good news for islanders who want TV antennas installed, repaired or upgraded. Steve can assist with reception problems and can hook and tune TV, DVD, VCR, extra TV Foxtel and phone points. Steve is well known around the islands and you can give him a call on 0429953168.


All round ‘good guy’ John Jackson is offering an island pickup of wrecked vehicles on Macleay Island with FREE transport of dumped vehicles off the island. John and Michelle are well known for their businesses of Macleay Island Hardware and Auto Marine, as well as John’s maintenance business. On top of that he has a couple of big trucks that bring goods to the island, as well as soils and gravels. His latest truck has a huge crane that can easily fling a wrecked or dumped vehicle on the back, and he will take it away to the mainland for FREE. You can give John a call on 0448470492.


Why Electrical have come up with some great Solar packages for island homes. Owner Nico has already installed a number of systems on the islands with great success. He has two great offers at the present time. One is a massive 6.6kw system that comes with 24x275w Jinko panels and Solar inverter that costs just $3869, and the other offer is another 6.6kw system Tier 1 from $4869 that comes with 24 panels but a Fronius inverter 5.0kw. These offers do come with some conditions, so give Nico a call for more information on 38292376 or 0450576905


A great place to congregate and to meet up with friends is the Organic Market on Macleay Island. Eleesa Zlatic has some big plans for the markets and she is looking forward to a positive 2019. The ambience at the markets is so positive with Eleesa working towards some exciting goals in the year ahead. We shall watch with interest!


Radio FBI is definitely gaining in interest and support. We are receiving so many complimentary messages about the ‘sound’ of the island online radio station. Thanks for the kind messages. If you would like an advertisement on the new radio station, then get in touch with us here at The Friendly Bay Islander (


The grass is getting longer with summer now here, and you just might want to use the services of Craig’s Mow n Snip. Craig will mow, whipper snip, clean up your yard, handle the weeds, remove rubbish, give you a helping hand or make use of his ‘man and ute’. His services are available on Macleay Island only. You can give Craig Conley a call on 0447308733.


Watts Up Electrical and Solar have recently been officially approved by the Clean Energy Council as an approved solar retailer. Radnor (Smiley) Sansoni runs the Watts Up office on Macleay which is located at Shop 5, Emerald Isle Shopping Village. There are a number of good opportunities for assistance when it comes to solar installation a the present time. “The Queensland Government is currently offering a battery subsidy and in certain circumstances there are interest free Government assistance for families that qualify for Family Tax part B, but conditions do apply,” Smiley added. The best way to find out is to give Smiley a call on 0409 140 247.


Teeschia is doing it again on Sunday the 9th December when she presents another International Showtime. Elvis, Roy Orbison, Marilyn Monroe, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, Frank Sinatra and Cher will all be making appearances. The event will be held in the Church Hall on Russell Island from 7pm. Tickets are $18 including supper and can be purchased from My Health Aisle, the Kiosk, or phone 34092659.